I just finished reading the best piece by Ezra Klein that I’ve ever read by him. Klein argues that Osama bin Laden achieved many of his goals. One of bin Laden’s main goals, claims Klein, was to bankrupt the U.S. economy. And with George W. Bush’s excessive spending on “homeland security” and huge increases in spending on war, and Barack Obama’s keeping those programs in place and adding to them with a major escalation in Afghanistan, all apparently in response to 9/11, bin Laden may have had the last laugh. Read the article for yourself and see what you think.

I don’t know if one of bin Laden’s goals was to reduce our freedom, but Bush’s and Obama’s policies have done that too. Klein is a little anemic in decrying the stripping of our Fourth Amendment rights as the price of flying: All he mentions is the time wasted in airports, being forced to take off our shoes, and being forced to relinquish large shampoo bottles. But I’m guessing that Osama got some delight about that too–maybe as much delight as some of the most perverted TSA agents.

Klein does get one major fact wrong. He claims that Osama was “so deeply afraid of death that he tried to use his wife as a shield when the special forces came for him.” It appears now that statement by top White House terrorism liar spokesman John Brennan is not known to be true.

Of course, I’m assuming that Osama was the kingpin behind the 9/11 attacks. I think that’s true, but I don’t know it to be true. Neither, apparently, does the FBI.